Local Activities for Seniors This Month

LIFETIME LEARNERS: ANNUAL ACADEMIC FESTIVAL

Wednesday, April 1st and Thursday, April 2nd, 10:00am at Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk

Free and open to the public.  All events are on the East Campus.  A performance entitled “Ain’t I A Woman” will be held in the PepsiCo Theater.  Details on other events can be picked up at the Security Desk in the East Campus lobby.

 

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS: “STATUE OF LIBERTY”

Thursday, April 2nd, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Friday, April 10th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

A gift from France to the United States commemorating liberty and friendship between the two nations, the Statue of Liberty was designed by sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi. Enjoy a photographic historical tour of one of America’s most iconic monuments, from the ancient origins of her design to her 126-year reign standing watch over New York Harbor.

 

WOODSHOP DONATION PROGRAM

Mondays and Tuesdays, 9:30am to 11:30am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Woodshop volunteers will repair small wood items, i.e. chairs, drawers, tables for a minimum charge. Bring your item into the woodshop and a volunteer will discuss the cost to repair, including supplies.

 

COMMUNITY KNITTING WITH NANCY JO RAMBUSCH

Mondays, April 6th, April 13th, April 20th, April 28th, 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Nancy Jo Rambusch will host a weekly community knitting group in the craft room.  The group will knit items to be given to Darien Human Services for distribution to people in need.  Patterns, yarn, and needles will be provided to make knitted scarves, caps and mittens for both children and adults.

 

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS

Monday, April 6th, 10:00am to 11:00am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Tuesday, April 7th, 12:00pm to 1:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Free of charge and open to the public, no appointment needed, conducted by a Registered Nurse from Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.  If you have any health concerns, feel free to drop by and discuss them with the nurse.  For more information call Melody Matheny Orpen RN at 203.762.8958ext 312.

 

LUNCH AND LEARN: HAVING THE TALK WITH YOUR KIDS

Monday, April 6th, 11:00am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Seventy percent of people 65 or older will need long term care services at some point.  Before a health crisis forces the issue, it is important to speak with your adult children about topics such as where you want to live, who you will designate to advocate for your medical needs, and what end of life instructions you want. Ridgefield Visiting Nurse along with Laura Switzer, LCSW will present an in depth presentation of how to begin the dialogue with your adult children.  A complimentary lunch will be served at Noon.  Please register by calling 203-655-7490.

 

WOMEN’S GROUP LUNCHEON: “MERRITT PARKWAY PAST & FUTURE

Tuesday, April 7th, 12:15pm to 2:15pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Built in July of 1934, the Merritt Parkway was named for Congressman Schuyler Merritt of southern Connecticut, who proclaimed it was to be constructed “not ... for rapid transit but for pleasant transit.” Hear Jill Smyth, Executive Director of the Merritt Parkway Conservancy, speak about the history and plans for this iconic road. Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events caters this lunch, which is $15, or $10 for DCA members. Prepayment is required by noon on Monday, April 6th, and can be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

MOMA LECTURE: BJORK RETROSPECTIVE

Tuesday, April 7th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

The Museum of Modern Art presents a retrospective of the multifaceted work of composer, musician, and singer Björk. The exhibition draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and innovative projects and her eight full-length albums to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, and costumes.

MARK ALBERTSON PRESENTS, “T4, THE BLUEPRINT FOR THE FINAL SOLUTION OF THE NAZIS”

Wednesday, April 8th, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Serving as a blueprint for the “Final Solution,” T4 was the Nazi program to rid the Reich of its mental incompetents and the incurably physically handicapped. 

 

STAY IN THE GAME

Wednesday, April 8th, 6:00pm at Waveny, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan

Do you play golf or racket sports but suffer from low back pain?  Stay in the game with non-operative treatment of low back pain.  Many Americans experience low back pain over the course of their lifetime.  The vast majority of people with low back pain are able to achieve and maintain relief without requiring surgery.  Dr. Heftler and physical therapist Alicia Hirscht will discuss common causes of low back pain and treatment options, including physical therapy, medicines and injections.  You will have an opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of the talk.  The program is free and open to the public.  Registration requested.  Call 203-594-5310 or register online at www.waveny.org.  Refreshments will be available at 5:30pm.

 

SELLING YOUR TREASURES ON EBAY

Wednesday, April 8th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Have you thought about selling your treasures on eBay but you’re not sure where to start? Sue Skerrett has been selling on eBay for 12 years and will show you the ropes when it comes to creating an account, setting up a list, accepting payment through PayPal, and more.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR: MICHAEL PATERNITI

Thursday, April 9th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Here are a few things Michael Paterniti does in Love And Other Ways Of Dying:  drive across America with Albert Einstein’s brain in the trunk of his rental car, floating in a Tupperware container; eat François Mitterrand’s last meal (including the little songbird) in a rustic dining room in France; pick apples (and face mortality) with a real-life, eight-foot giant in the remote Ukrainian countryside; confront a distraught jumper on a “suicide bridge” in Nanjing, China and witness, firsthand, the ways in which the racial divide turns neighbor against neighbor in Dodge City, Kansas. He delves with heartbreaking detail into the aftermath of a plane crash off the coast of Nova Scotia, an earthquake in Haiti, and a tsunami in Japan, and in searing swirls of language unearths the complicated, hidden truths these moments of extremity teach us about our ability to endure, and to love.

 

SKETCHING AND STONE CARVING WITH ANDY DAVIS

Fridays, April 10th, 17th, 24th9:00am to 9:45am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Award winning sculptor and painter Andy Davis will teach a sketching class.  Learn to hold a pen or pencil correctly.  Transform a simple piece of paper into a work of art.  Paper, pencil and pen required. Cost of the sketching class is $4.00 per class.  Andy also teaches the Ancient Art of Stone carving on Fridays at 10:00 a.m. 

 

MUSIC IN THE STACKS: SHERI MILLER

Sunday, April 12th, 5:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Enjoy an evening of soulful music.  Solo artist Sheri Miller will perform a mix of well-interpreted classics by folks like Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and The Beatles, along with her own original pieces.

 

EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR ON CLOSING THE FUNDING GAP FOR ELDERCARE

Tuesday, April 14th, 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Anthony C. Stratidis, CLTC LTCP, Managing Partner, MS Consulting, will present an educational seminar for families, caregivers and professionals on elder care funding and closing the gap between income, such as social security and pensions, and the cost of care. Regardless of how long care lasts, the seminar will discuss ways that families can maintain the level of quality of care desired by removing difficult choices and ultimately preserving the estate.

 

TOP TEN HEALTHY HABITS

Wednesday, April 15th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Clean hands deserve two thumbs up. Living a healthy lifestyle does not have to be hard to do. A pharmacist from Connecticut Pharmacy will explore some simple habits that can help you lead a more healthy life.

 

WEDNESDAY MATINEE: “INTO THE WOODS”

Wednesday, April 15th, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods is adapted in this musical from director Rob Marshall and Walt Disney Studios. Inspired by a choice selection of Brothers Grimm fairy tales, this plot centers on a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) who incur the wrath of a witch (Meryl Streep) while attempting to start a family. Subsequently cursed by the vengeful hag, the hapless couple finds their fates linked with those of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) and Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) of Jack and the Beanstalk.

 

PLANNING FOR NO REGRETS - NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY

Thursday, April 16th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

The goal of National Healthcare Decisions Day is to help Americans understand that making future healthcare decisions starts with expressing preferences, clarifying values, identifying care preferences and selecting an agent to express healthcare decisions if patients are unable to speak for themselves. In partnership with Fairfield Visiting Nurse and Hospice, the initiative is a collaborative effort to ensure that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate their health care decisions.

 

Book discussion: “Wolf Hall”

Thursday, April 16th, 6:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Transport yourself to Tudor England. Learn about the new BBC period drama right from its source material. There will be an informal discussion of the novel and light refreshments will be served. To register for this program please call 203-669-5254.

 

CELEBRATE LOCAL ARTISTS ART SHOW

Friday, April 17th, 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Opening Reception for local artist, Sue Cho Eom.

 

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS “ELLIS ISLAND”

Sunday, April 19th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Over 12 million people passed through Ellis Island, from the time it opened in 1892 through 1954, when the last immigrant passed through its door. In this lecture, you'll enjoy a fascinating photo tour of this iconic place in New York harbor.

 

LUNCH AND LEARN: DERMATOLOGY

Tuesday, April 21st, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Your skin starts to change as you get older. Some of these changes are cosmetic, while others could have serious consequences on your overall health. How skin ages will depend on several factors: your lifestyle, diet, heredity, and other personal habits.  Dr. Omar Ibrahimi of Stamford Hospital will present an in depth informative program on all senior dermatological issues.  A complimentary lunch will be served at 12:00pm.  To register please call203-656-7490.

 

HORTICULTURE WORKSHOP WITH ERIC THE PLANT GUY

Tuesday, April 21st, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Eric the plant guy will impart knowledge about daffodils.

 

HOW TO EDIT FAMILY PHOTOS

Wednesday, April 22nd, 6:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Do you have old family photos that need to be touched up? Using Pixlr, a free online image editor, you will learn how to fix your photos.  You will learn how to color correct, crop, remove blemishes, fix stains, and more. There is no need to hire the professionals when you can edit your photos yourself.  To register for this program please call 203-669-5254.

 

POLITICS, PASSION, AND PERIL: LIFE AT THE TUDOR COURT

Wednesday, April 22nd, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Mixing history and Hollywood, Dr. Ford, a historian of Tudor politics, administration, and the court, will offer insights into the historical context behind the Hilary Mantel books and BBC Series. Her talk will cover topics including the anxiety behind Henry’s quest for a bride and an heir, the nature of politics on the move with the Tudor court on progress, is there a private life at court, and how easy is it to (literally) lose your head.

 

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS “CROTON AQUEDUCT SYSTEM”

Thursday, April 23rd, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

The Croton Aqueduct System was one of the most notable engineering achievements of its day in the late 19th century. Today, the development of this marvel continues with extensive systems of dams, reservoirs and aqueducts as the need to provide over 8 million New Yorkers with fresh water continues to grow.

 

MUSIC IN THE STACKS: HUNGRYTOWN

Thursday, April 23rd, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Enjoy an evening of folk and Americana music from indie duo Hungrytown. Enjoy acoustic folk songs presented with a timelessness in beautiful arrangements.

 

DUO PIANO GROUP CONCERT

Sunday, April 26th, 4:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

The Duo Piano Group will again entertain the crowd at their next concert, “Spring Fling: A Colorful Bouquet of Musical Favorites.” The group will perform classics, such as Bizet’s energetic “Carmen,” and popular melodies like Cole Porter’s “In the Still of the Night.” Offering music across a variety of styles, there will be a favorite for everyone in this bouquet.  $15 per person; $10 for DCA members. Reservations are requested; these can be made either online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

BOOK SIGNING WITH HISTORIAN AND AUTHOR KAREN ABBOTT

Tuesday, April 28th, 10:00am at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Meet The New York Times best-selling author Karen Abbott at a book talk and signing for her latest triumph - Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War.  Karen meticulously researched the true lives of these heroines, and has woven their adventures together in a pulse-quickening narrative that draws the reader into the war as these daring women lived it.  $10 per person; this program is free for DCA members. Registration is requested, and can be made either online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

THEATER BUS TRIP TO SEE “THE KING AND I”

Wednesday, April 29th, 8:30am bus departure from the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Join the Theater Bus to see five-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara and Academy Award nominee Ken Watanabe star in a magnificent new Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. This program includes both discounted tickets for this matinee performance, and transportation by chartered bus. $150 per person; limited tickets available, with seats sold on a first come, first served basis. To inquire for available tickets,contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII

Wednesday, April 29th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Transport yourself to Tudor England.  Learn about the new BBC period drama through an historical context. Henry VIII was King of England from 1509 to 1547.  Explore the lives of the six women who shared his life as wives and queens. One king, six queens, and England will never be the same.

 

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOAN CLOSET at DARIEN HUMAN SERVICES, 2 Renshaw Road

If Darien residents are in need of a walker, wheelchair, crutches or a cane you can borrow them, on a short term basis, from Darien Human Services’ Loan Closet.  Please call 203-656-7328 to reserve what you need, then you, or someone on your behalf, can stop by to pick up the equipment. There is no charge for this service.

 

SPRING TIME SAFETY TIPS FROM VISITING NURSE AND HOSPICE OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY

It is springtime and we’re ready to shake off the last of winter.  Here are some tips on how to be safe as you go about your spring cleaning.

1.       Take your time and plan to do one or two tasks a day.

2.       Test your smoke/carbon monoxide alarms and change the batteries if you didn’t do it when the clocks changed.  Check and replace the batteries in your flashlights.

3.       Replace light bulbs and clear pathways.

4.       Store winter clothing in airtight containers (get help stowing them away).

5.       Get rid of expired medications.  There is a drop box at the police department to safely discard old medications.

6.       Check your first aid and emergency preparedness kits. Replenish outdated items.

7.       Practice your emergency/safety plans. 

8.       Update contact numbers and medication lists.

9.       Keep rooms well ventilated if using chemicals to clean.  Check with the Department of Public Works for items that can be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste Day at the Noroton Railroad Station in June.

10.   Enjoy the warmer weather but protect your skin from excessive sun exposure.